The land on the northern side of the Great Wall of China is the outback region of Asia. With only 1.7 people per sqr km, Mongolia has the lowest population density among all independent countries in the world. Centuries of nomadic life have given average Mongolians a unique bond with travellers. With its iconic sand dunes and stunning mountain vistas, the Gurvan Saikhan National Park is one of Mongolia’s most popular national parks. At 1600m above sea level, the Terelj area of Mongolia provides great opportunities for hard-core extreme sports.
In 2017, Mongolia will get a brand new capital city airport symbolising the country’s rapid modernization. The upcoming US$500 million Shangri-La complex will add to the transformed skyline of the nation’s capital, Ulaanbaatar. It will feature a 290 room hotel, and IMAX movie hall and a Hard Rock Café. It is expected to be completed by this year. Beyond the modernization, one can also enjoy the stunning countryside and Lake Khovsgol, regarded as the Blue Pearl of Asia. These are a few reasons why you should visit Mongolia in 2017.
During winter, protect your eyes, and during summer, protect your skin. The weather is bitterly cold during the winter, dropping down to -40C in some parts. With many types of terrain, the weather during the summer varies from region to region but is generally hot.
Places of interest
Ulaanbaatar – the capital and starting point for most travel in Mongolia.
Erdenet – Mongolia’s second largest city and home to one of the world’s biggest copper mines and a famous carpet factory.
Hovd – A historic city at the crossroads of traditional Mongol and Kazakh culture.
Altai Tavan Bogd National Park – home to the highest mountains and the largest glacier in Mongolia, as well as Kazakh eagle hunters.
The River Tuul Nomad’s Sacred Valley-The river Tuul is one of the longest rivers of the country, flowing from the Khentii Mountain Range. For centuries the nomads have believed this valley to be sacred. They truly respect the nature especially the rivers and the surface water.
Khustain Nuruu National Park – Khustain Nuruu or Hustai National park is home to the Takhi wild horses (also known as Przewalski’s Horse). These are true wild horses which have never been domesticated.